The Swift β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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The Swift by Alex Banks is amazingly action packed!

Can the past be unbroken?

Everything about Pete’s life stinks. His dad is dead, his grandfather doesn’t even remember him, his mom cries all the time, and they’re about to lose their crappy old house to the bank.

And Pete’s twin brother Henry blames him for all of it.

While cleaning out the attic, the boys discover an old seaman’s trunk that transports them back in time where they’re forced to battle the raging sea and pirates bent on their destruction. Pete and Henry will have to work together to fix the broken pastβ€”or they won’t have a future to return to.

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Unicorn on a Roll β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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I had the absolute pleasure of reading this adorable middle grade graphic novel by Dana Simpson.Β Unicorn on a Roll is the modern Calvin and Hobbes, with girls and unicorns. Continue reading “Unicorn on a Roll β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…”

Serafina and the Black Cloak β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

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Serafina’s father always told her to never go into the deep parts of the forest, “for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.” She never had a reason to disobey her father’s wishes for her to remain on the grounds of the Biltmore estate, exploring its many rooms, taking care to never, ever be seen by anyone (especially since the Vanderbilt’s don’t know she exists or that she and her pa have been living in their basement).

When children start to go missing, however, Serafina hunts down the culprit. Even though it means disobeying her father and going into the woods. Continue reading “Serafina and the Black Cloak β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†”

Hinges Book One: Clockwork City β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

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Hinges is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel by Meredith McClaren, featuring work fromΒ her webcomic.

Hinges follows a doll named Orio as she tries to find a place for herself and her impish companion Bauble, amidst the twisted streets of Cobble.

New to the city of Cobble, Orio must depend on help wherever she can find it, but her assigned familiar Bauble has other interests. And as the two explore the walls of their city, they find that they are not the only new arrivals.

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The Last 5k

I’m finally into my final 5,000 words. And you know what I’ve noticed? I forgot to focus on some characterizations. So I’m going to print out what I have and highlight those sections. I also want to change to appearance of one character which means I have a lot of sections to go back into. And I also decided to nix an entire locale–so yeah. Such is the life of the indecisive. But I know that it will fix my work. And that’s really the goal here. Plus, in re-hashing these issues I’ll be able to figure out where I … Continue reading The Last 5k

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Excitey Pants!

The title says it all. It also contributes to the fact that I’m a search result if you google “excitey pants.” Gotta keep that up. On Monday, I went to NYC for my interview at HarperCollins! I think it went really well and I’m confident that I’m an excellent choice for the position (Won’t that feeling blow up in my face if I don’t get it). Everything they described the position as it pretty much what I do at Round Robin. I code, I write, I design, and I coordinate the efforts of nine writers. So cross your fingers everyone. … Continue reading Excitey Pants!

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Rumors of My Death have been Greatly Exaggerated

I SWEAR I’M ALIVE! I’m just reading a lot lately and I post all my reviews on Round Robin these days.

I’m also still writing my novel. Anyone else feeling like that’ll never get done? Yeah? Well get out cause I’ve only got 13,000 words left before I start sending out queries.

I’m actually editing pages 121-206. My first drafts are always crap and a little painful to read. I’ve noticed I tend to have a very formulaic Β style in my first drafts. Person verbs noun, as noun verbs. It’s pretty ugly to read through in the afternoon, to be honest. Continue reading “Rumors of My Death have been Greatly Exaggerated”